L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation & Mattifying Base Review

The new L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation and Infallible Mattifying Base  has finally hit the UK, and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever to get my hands on them. This foundation and primer have become a little popular over the last few week due to L’Oreal saying that this foundation has ‘total camo coverage for up to 24hrs & ultra matte finish with no overload’ This instantly attracted me and I could not wait to try it so of course I snatched it up straight away and I’ve been so excited to share what I thought about it with you.

So, let’s start with the packaging.
Both the Primer and foundation come in the same packaging in the UK but differ in a couple of ways. The pattern on the tubes are the most obvious of course, but the applicator is the biggest difference. The primer has a little nozzle on the end where as the foundation doesn’t. I don’t mind the primer packaging at all, but I don’t really like the foundation if I’m honest. I much prefer a glass bottle with a pump applicator simply because it’s easier and less messy but I suppose I can cope with the fact it’s in a squeezy tube.

First impressions – Primer
I applied a bit to the back of my hand like I normally would and I was immediately impressed because it seemed just like the Younique Glorious primer, which is what I use normally. I then realised I’d put way too much on the back of my hand because a little definitely goes a long way so it did take quite a while to settle down before I could apply my foundation. It feels quite the same as the Glorious primer too, it’s very silicone like, really soft and easy to apply. It doesn’t feel like a film over the skin, and it  feel like it’s glides over your pores rather than clogging them all up and leaves a lovely smooth finish.

First Impressions – Foundation
I was quite surprised by the consistency of the foundation if I’m honest because I haven’t used such a thick foundation in years but, I was really happy with it. Like I’ve mentioned before, I always go for a full coverage foundation and I don’t mind using a thicker foundation to gain that coverage as long as it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, which this foundation does not, at all. It comes out very thick and feels a bit sticky, but once it’s applied it changes, it loosens up and feels like it’s whipped. I did notice though that it starts to set really quickly so it’s best to work it sections and it’s really hard to build up another layer unless your really quick haha, but I really don’t think another layer is needed because the coverage is unbelievable. The colour match is also amazing, for me anyway, I’m currently using porcelain on my pale UK winter skin and it suits me perfectly. There’s 6 shades to choose from currently in the UK, I think, which is really disappointing to be honest, their true match range is probably the best for colour match and the foundation is also incredible.

So, I’ve been using this foundation near enough everyday for the nearly 2 week with the primer, and let me tell you, I’m impressed. I’ve found out it’s much easier to apply with a sponge than it is with a brush and that’s probably due to the thickness of the foundation and having to work in sections rather than dabbing a bit here and there. It settles down really quickly, which could be a downside if you like to build up your foundation, but you can still blend in concealer without it gathering up. It’s a really thick consistency which might put you off a bit, but on the skin it doesn’t feel thick at all, honestly, you can hardly tell your wearing a thick foundation at all and it’s really light feeling too as though it thins out when on the skin.
L’Oreal state that this foundation lasts 24 hours, which in all honesty I doubt very much (I wouldn’t mind anyway because I don’t wear my foundation for 24 hours..), but it does last a full 10 hours for me, but only with powder.  I’ve used this foundation once without powder and it didn’t really go very well. I have quite an oily t-zone so not many foundations work for me without a powder to hold it in place. After about 4 hours of wearing this foundation without powder, it had completely gone from my nose and was quite patchy on my forehead. I was really disappointed actually because this foundation had done really well so far and I was hoping that the primer would help it stay in place. Anyway, with powder it works wonders, yeah I’ve needed a bit of a top up of powder on my nose occasionally but that’s usual for me on a long day. It’s not clung to any dry patches at all and there’s been no creasing, but the powder probably helps with that.

I tried out the foundation without the primer just to see how it would settle and there was definitely a difference. It seemed more sticky and it settled down even quicker which made it a little harder to work with, but not too hard and if I’d not tried it with the primer first I probably wouldn’t have even thought about it. It didn’t make much difference to how long it lasted though, with and without powder it was pretty much the same but it did make a difference to the way it sat on my skin. When I used the foundation with the primer it seemed a lot more flawless than without the primer and it clogged a bit around my nose. I tried it with my usual primer, the Younique Glorious primer and it was fine, just like the L’Oreal primer. So, if I was to recommend it, I’d say go for the L’Oreal primer if you’re already paying out quite a bit for your usual primer since this one is currently £7.99 (usually £9.99) which is a massive steal.

Overall, I love them, I expected a lot from both the foundation and primer and they met all my expectations. Both products are absolutely amazing and I think you should definitely give them a go if you’re looking for something with unbelievable coverage without forking out too much money. Definitely recommend.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Total Cover Foundation or the L’Oreal Mattifying Primer?

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  1. 02/24/2017 / 6:11 pm

    I always find that when I’m using make up with that like squeeze bottle texture, idk what I’d call it “creamy”? Applying with a sponge always worked better than a brush for me too. It just blends it so nicely into my skin. I’ve also heard that primer is definitely critical before applying any sort of foundation just because it sets better- I hate that though, I just feel like primer is just more makeup on my face that I don’t really want to apply… you’d think by now some foundations would’ve found a formula so that you could skip the primer step lol great review girlie!

    xo, JJ

    • 02/25/2017 / 9:35 am

      Yes that’s definitely true, very creamy! & yes, it’s definitely the best way to apply it.
      Primer definitely helps it look better and it’s just like applying moisturiser before your foundation so it’s not too bad, obviously would be better if you didn’t have to though haha! Thank you! xxx

  2. 02/24/2017 / 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the detailed review. I haven’t tried this foundation.

  3. 02/28/2017 / 2:23 am

    I didn’t know there was a primer with this foundation! O_O Currently, my skin isn’t as oily as it is in the summer time, so the foundation did last quite some time (~16 hrs). But I did use it with powder and also blotted once or twice. I really enjoyed reading!

    • 02/28/2017 / 9:14 am

      It’s been advertised with it quite a lot & L’Oréal say they work their best together too. I don’t think Iv ever found a foundation that doesn’t need a top up tbh, but that’s probably due to my oily skin xxx

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